Cutty Sark International has unveiled the latest vintage for its single malt Scotch whisky The Glenrothes.

A 1975 vintage was launched last night (20 September) at London wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, which is part-owner of Cutty Sark International alongside Scotch distiller The Edrington Group.

Berry Bros. developed the idea of "vintage" Scotch whiskies in the early 1990s to try to create what it termed as a "premium quality niche" in the Scotch market. The first vintage, from 1979, was launched in 1994.

John Ramsay, master blender at Edrington, told just-drinks that he was "excited" at the potential of the 1975 vintage when it was first sampled.

"It's a real gem and very different to what we've had before. Producing vintages is all about something different. The 1975 is all about what's come from the air, producing all the top notes and flavours that you see coming through."

The 1975 vintage was described as having notes of "rich fruits, citrus, nutty and toffee vanilla." The whisky will be on sale in selected outlets for between GBP375 (US$711) and GBP400.